Definition of euphorbia
: any of a large genus (Euphorbia) of herbs, shrubs, and trees of the spurge family that have a milky juice and flowers lacking a calyx and included in an involucre which surrounds a group of several staminate flowers and a central pistillate flower with 3-lobed pistils; broadly : spurge
Recent Examples of euphorbia from the Web
Plants especially susceptible to fasciation include ferns, willow trees, delphiniums, foxgloves, forsythia, euphorbias, lilies, primulas and verbascums such as the mullein.
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Origin and Etymology of euphorbia
New Latin, alteration of Latin euphorbea, from Euphorbus, 1st century a.d. Greek physician
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Medical Definition of euphorbia
1: a large genus of plants of the spurge family that have a milky juice and flowers included in an involucre which surrounds a group of several staminate flowers and a central pistillate flower and that include a number which have been used medicinally
2: any plant of the genus Euphorbia; also : any of various other plants that belong to the spurge family
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